Not like Mom’s: Authentic Belgian waffles, Waffalonia, Pittsburgh

I happen to be intrigued by almost everything about Belgium. Geographically, politically, and historically lodged between¬†Holland (the country that introduced me to Europe) and France (the primary country that speaks the language that I study), Belgium is the intersection of Europe at which I feel most myself. The French accent seems softer here, and the…

Friday Photo: Backstage pastry pass, Gaby et Jules, Pittsburgh

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Gaby et Jules — a Parisian-style patisserie in Pittsburgh — hosted my French 1 class for a kitchen tour and chocolate demo. Here, Chef Dimitri constructs a white chocolate bow using white chocolate ribbons, melted chocolate, and condensed air for a instant freeze. Gaby et Jules 5837 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh,…

Friday Photo: Morano Gelato, Hanover, New Hampshire

Being the daughter of a dairy farmer, I have an incredible weakness for dairy products, especially ice cream. However, even I admit that once you taste gelato, like that of Morano Gelato in Hanover, New Hampshire, there’s no turning back. According to the Morano website, gelato differs from American ice cream in three main ways:…

Cupcakes fit for spring, Dozen Bake Shop, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh

I have a weakness for good cupcakes, especially those, like this one from Dozen Bake Shop, that taste like springtime and are made from scratch daily. This moist vanilla cupcake with deliciously thick passionfruit icing was crowned with coconut for a not-to-sweet but altogether beautiful crunch. Be sure to call ahead for the day’s flavors…

Fasnaughts and King Cake: Pre-Lenton Traditions in Central PA

For us in south-central Pennsylvania, the day before Lent is known as Fasnaught Day, a tradition which we celebrate along with parts of Germany, Switzerland, and the Alsace region of France.¬† In times past, these traditional doughnuts were made to clear the kitchen of sugar and lard prior to the fasting season of Lent. However,…